Blue Devils Drop LBSU, 84-63

Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for 41 points to lead Duke to a 21 point victory on Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With the starting backcourt firing on all cylinders on the offensive end, Duke was able to play looser on the other side of the floor which allowed the team's athleticism and height to take over in a big way.

The Blue Devils blocked a season high 10 shots - four by freshman Mason Plumlee - while holding the visitors to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field. In addition to challenging and altering nearly every LBSU jumper, Duke also controlled the glass - winning the rebounding battle with a +8 margin.

Offensively Mike Krzyzewski's team was able to find their range all over the court. Perhaps the biggest advantage was on the perimeter where Duke hit 15-of-26 from three point land including four of six by Smith.

Junior Kyle Singler added 14 points and nine rebounds, and showed signs of breaking a near month-long shooting slump by hitting three of five from outside.

In all five Blue Devils scored in double figures with seniors Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas adding 10 apiece. In addition Zoubek added 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Coming off a good showing at Kentucky in which the 49ers were tied with the Wildcats at the half, Long Beach State looked to be the perfect "trap game" for a Duke team that had not played in 10 days. However, after the 49ers connected for the game's first points, the Blue Devils used a 27-7 run take control of the game at 27-9.

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